Lucila Sioli

Director for Artificial Intelligence and Digital Industry, DG CONNECT, EU Commission

Ms Lucilla Sioli is the Director for "Artificial Intelligence and Digital Industry" within Directorate-General CONNECT at the European Commission. The mission of the Directorate is to strengthen Europe's competiveness ensuring that any industry in any sector in Europe can make the best use of digital innovations to grow, compete on a global scale, and create jobs. She is responsible for the coordination of the European digitisation of industry strategy and for policy development in the area of artificial intelligence (AI). The directorate also supports R&D&I in key digital industrial technologies including microelectronics, embedded software, photonics, robotics and AI. Previously, she was Head of Unit for "Digital Economy and Skills" at DG Connect, responsible for the publication of the Digital Economy and Society Index and of the annual Europe's Digital Progress Report as well as for the management of digital skills policy through the Digital Skills and Jobs Coalition. Lucilla holds a PhD in economics from the University of Southampton (UK) and one from the Catholic University of Milan (Italy) and has been a civil servant with the European Commission since 1997.

EU Challenges Panel 1: Lucila Sioli

September 02 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm (CEST)

The 25 countries that signed the Declaration of Cooperation on Artificial Intelligence made the first step towards boosting AI technology and industrial capacity through access to public sector data. Also, there are plans to fund AI R&D activities. The main idea is to work towards a comprehensive and integrated European approach on AI to increase the EU’s competitiveness, attractiveness and excellence in R&D in AI, as well as, keep it within some  Ethical, Legal, Social, Economic and Cultural (ELSEC) limits.

After the COVID19 pandemic, there are significant changes in the horizon, as a possible reduction in the original funding strategy. How will it be possible to have a coordinated approach towards AI for good and for all? How to transform AI-based technologies in something that benefits people and society as a whole? In this panel, we like to discuss How to (1) boost tech capacity, (2) prepare for socio-economic changes and (3) ensure ELSEC framework.